- July 6, 2015
- In wrongful Death
Have you lost a loved one to any type of accident? Accident can be devastating and tragic, especially when it results in the death of a loved one or someone you care about. In such an event, you may be able to file a wrongful death action against the responsible party. Although no amount of monetary compensation will turn back time and bring back your loved one, it can bring you a sense of justice and the monetary means to continue your financial livelihood.
A Los Angeles wrongful death attorney can help you sort through the legal maze after such personal tragedies. For more information and to determine whether you have a viable wrongful death claim, it is in your best interest to immediately consult with an experienced attorney.
What You Need Prove?
In order to successfully bring a wrongful death claim against the liable party who caused the fatal accident, you need to prove the same case as the deceased victim would need to prove. In other words, you must prove that 1) the defendant owed your loved one a duty of care; 2) that the defendant breached such duty of care; 3) the breach of such duty was the actual and proximate cause of the death; and 4) the resulting death of your loved one caused you financial damages.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim may be filed by a legal representative of the estate of your loved one against the defendant. This can be done on the behalf of the family that is left behind. The exact type of relatives who may file a claim varies by state.
All states allow the surviving spouse to bring a lawsuit in the death of their spouse. Minors’ parents may also file such wrongful death claim if one of their children dies. Minors can also recover financial damages for the death of their parents.
What Damages May Be Recovered?
Damages that you may collect in your wrongful death lawsuit may include:
- For your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Medical costs that your loved one incurred due to injury
- Loss of your loved one’s income
- Loss of inheritance from your loved one
- Loss of love and companionship
- Loss of consortium
In order to obtain the full extent of the compensation that you and your family are entitled to as a result of the untimely death of your loved one, it is best to hire an experienced wrongful death attorney. With the right attorney fighting for your rights, you can obtain a small piece of justice in a tragic situation.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles
If your loved one died in an accident that was the result of a negligent or reckless act of another party, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.